Cradle Mountain

 

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Things to see:   Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake Tasmania - Bathed in sunshine and covered with snow

Walks in the Area
Visitors who decide to stay at the Cradle Mountain Lodge can enjoy the short Enchanted Walk along the Pencil Pine River. At night time the nocturnal animals which inhabit the park - the Tasmanian devil and possums - come to the Lodge to be fed. There are also pademelons and Bennet's wallabies in the area.

It is possible, according to the season, to take day walks to Cradle Mountain and Crater Lake, to go alpine skiing (although there are no lifts or ski facilities), to swim in the lakes (if you are an iceberg), to climb Cradle Mountain or to take lengthy walks through the park.

The most popular walks include Mount Campbell (about 3 hours), Hansons Peak (about 3 hours), Twisted Lakes (3-4 hours), Lake Rodway (5 hours), Lake Lilla (1 hour) and the Ballroom Forest (3 hours).

Warnings for Walkers
It is worth remembering that this is an area of great danger to the unwary and the unprepared walker. It is so easy to underestimate the dangers of mountain weather. It is possible, in the space of a few minutes, for the weather to turn from a sunny day to rain and sleet. The dangers of wind chill are such that the mountain has claimed many victims of hypothermia.

It is sensible to check the weather conditions with the rangers and to study the 'How is the weather in Cradle Valley today?' placard which is located at the Lake Dove car park, take suitable clothing and equipment even if you are taking a short day walk and for anything other than a short walk Register in the Log Book at Cradle Valley or Dove Lake .

For those who still resist such warnings the memorial on the edge of Lake Dove to Ewan McLeod Scott who died in 1965 is worth a few moments of reflection. Scott was with a party of schoolboys who were caught by the weather in the area. Scott managed to save all the schoolboys but in the process he died from hypothermia.

 



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